Bicton Castle Mound

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameBicton Castle Mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryShropshire
Modern AuthorityShropshire
1974 AuthorityShropshire
Civil ParishClun

Despite the disturbance from later quarrying, Bicton motte and bailey castle is a good example of this class of monument. The buried remains of structures, notably within the bailey, are expected to survive which, together with the associated artefacts and organic remains, will provide valuable evidence about the activities and lifestyle of the inhabitants of the castle. The importance of the castle is further enhanced by its likely association with the motte and bailey castle at Clun.

The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a motte and bailey castle to the south of the hamlet of Bicton. It has been constructed by adapting a low elongated glacial mound, on the eastern side of the flood plain of the River Unk. It is situated 1.9km upstream of Clun Castle located next to the River Clun, which is the subject of a separate scheduling. The close proximity of these two castles suggest that they acted together during the early Middle Ages to control river crossing points and the movement of people along the valleys. The oval shaped motte appears to have been originally circular, approximately 30m in diameter at its base. It has been modified by later quarrying for gravel and now stands to a height of 2.2m. A dry flat-bottomed ditch surrounds the motte, which is defined by an external bank and a small bailey to the south. The south eastern part of the bank is about 8m wide and also stands about 2.2m high. The rest of the bank is now visible as a slight earthwork, having been reduced in height by later quarrying and the digging of drainage ditches. The southern part of the glacial mound appears to have been deliberately altered to form a small bailey, a level rectangular platform measuring approximately 14m by 25m. A former field boundary has cut into the base of the scarp which defines the western side of this platform. (Scheduling Report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSO289825
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  • English Heritage, 2001, Scheduling Papers (Revision, 09/03/2001)
  • Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission, 1986, Scheduled Monument Report on SAM 26551